Marjorie Riley, a former RSA staff member from 1970 to 1983, passed away on 2 December 2012 in Chico, California.
was born on 31 August 1918 to Henry and Lucy Riley in Medford, Oregon
and was raised in Dunsmuir, California. During
World War II she served in the Navy as Petty Officer 3rd Class in
the WAVES. She then attended and graduated from the University of
California at Berkeley. Marjorie worked for the Marconi – English
Electric Co. in New York City and then, starting in 1970, for the Renaissance Society of
America when it was at Columbia University. She retired from RSA in 1983
and moved to Chico, California in 1989.
George Labalme remembers: "She was a wonderful
person, always in a good humor, always ready with the materials for meetings and
the annual one which, in those days, was not as large as it has become in the
last decade or two. . . . The RSA Board was really quite small in those days, and we struggled with a
rather small membership. . . . Those were the days with Phyllis Gordan, POK, Felix Gilbert, Edward Cranz,
Phyllis Pray Bober, Elizabeth Eisenstein, O. B. Hardison, Gene Brucker, Paul
Grendler, Gene Rice, and Rensselaer Lee.
Margaret King remembers her as a "lovely and utterly delightful woman, from another era . . . absolutely competent with meetings and sensitive international dealings."
Marjorie was a generous supporter of the RSA Capital Campaign following her retirement.